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"The Paper" connecting all Whiting $> Davis interests. 

Volume 4 

Plainville, Mass., March 29, 1923 

Number 7 

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Attention of Employees 

1 ^ 

Recreation Building is for 
use of members of Whit= 
ing Club, their families, 
American Legion, Grand 
Army and invited Guests. 

The abuse of this rule has been 
due to a misunderstanding 
on the part of the mem- 
bers of the Club 

l==ii ir=ii — ii — i i — ir==l 

Showing Canal St., New Orlea 
and Cp-to-Date City of the 

ns, La. — Home of the Makdi Gras 
8<>ur, ii wiiKi'.E WnmNo & Davis 

Mesh Ba<;s are Popular. 

Could Not Get Along. 

I was just thinking about a fellow 
employee who, the other day, told me 
he couldn't get along with his Depart- 
ment Manager. I guess 'most every 
man that ever sets foot in a factory has 
had a grouch like his sometime or other. 
I've had mine along with the rest, but 
got over them. 

Remember this: That a Department 
Manager is trying to do what he is paid 
to in and he knows it is up to him to 
make a showing in his Department or 
his boss will have him "on the carpet." 

Yl\ dope is that if you toss up your 
job you'll be hunting another for a 
while, and when you get it there'll be 
something else to get your goat. There 
never yet was a perfect job. They don't 
make 'em. Take my advice and do your 
part the best yon know how. P >t vour 
mind on your job and not on the boss. 
Jov e;oes where your thoughts go. I just 
take my job and make a pet out of it. I 
coax it alone; and doll it up. I look to 
find the stood things about it. T compare 
it with the jobs some others have nrot. 
I'm "oino; to make this job so food that 
it will lead me straight to a belter one. 
I'm not gointr to pfet a Touch on and 
make an ass of myself. The boss doesn't 
live that can "-et my groat. 

Did you. fellow workers, ever look at 
it that way? Plaindealer Dick. 

Whist Parties Big Success. 

March 15th, the Whiting Club ran its 
first of a series of Whists and Dances. 
About one hundred people were present 
and prizes were awarded to the follow- 
ing winners: Bid Whist. 

Ladies' 1st — Mrs. Geo. DeBeck. 

Men's 1st — Owen Brunner. 

Ladies' Consolation — Hilda Kriegle. 

Men's Consolation — Robert Austin. 
Straight Whist. 

Ladies' 1st — Mrs. Bourbeau. 

Men's 1st— Nat Grant. 

Ladies' Consolation — Erne Keys. 

Men's Consolation — Richard Berkeley 

The four winners were presented with 
$2.50 gold pieces, and dancing followed 
until 11:30 o'clock, with music fur- 
nished bv the Morse Trio. 

The second Whist and Dance was held 
on March 23rd, and about 124 people 
were present. This time the fortunate 
ones were: Bid Whist. 

Ladies' 1st — Mrs. Charles Clampitt. 

Men's 1st— Clifford Whiting. 

Ladies' Consolation — Mrs. Chester 

Men's Consolation — H. E. Litchfield. 
Straight Whist. 

Ladies' 1st — Mrs. Nan Fair. 

Men's 1st — Frank Whiting. 

Ladies' Consolation — Mrs. J. Hopkins 

Men's Consolation — Manlev Sturdy. 
Cont'd on page 2 Col. 2 

Bag Topics 

Spring 5ample=Beauties 
Colorers of Orient=AppeaI 
Sunset Mesh=Harmonizes 
Winter Gone=Spring Here 

By Harry B. Rowan 

A beautiful new line of "Mesh Bags" 
will be shown the trade by our salesmen 
on their Spring trips, which embody 
some very unique and dainty effects in 

With general business conditions 
throughout the country flourishing, 
there should be a good response to this 
showing on the part of those who are 
watching for the very latest in Mesh 

Customers have noted the efforts and 
the success attained by the Whiting & 
Davis Co. in creating mesh bags which 
are in keeping with the latest costume 
styles and have voiced appreciation of 
the distinctive and popular bags made 
here in Plainville by the Whiting & Da- 
vis Co. 

* * * 

One is impressed with the amount of 
costume Jewelry now being shown and 
worn as a necessary part in the makeup 
of the woman who is abreast the style of 

Wonderful colorings symbolical of 
the wealth of the Orient send forth their 
appeal on every hand, calling to the 



Wadco News 

Published Semi-Monthly 
by Employees of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Plainville, Mass. 
Editor . . H. B. Rowan 

Associate Editors. 
Lawrence Cook Canadian Factory 

Harriet Wales Woonsocket Branch 

Rhea Larock Sol'd Mesh Dept. 

Rita Abrams Unsol'd Mesh Dept. 

Elsie Hemingson Spiral Dept. 

Dick Barton Mesh Dept. 

Frank Gaddes Stamp Dept. 

Erwin Sylvia Tool Dept. 

Frank Brown Bench Dept. 


world's attention, Nature, in all her 
glory and beauty, a welcome finale to 
man-made holocaust of war. 

It has truly become a craze, this seek- 
ing of things Oriental and gives promise 
even now of that stability and continu- 
ity long looked for on the part of mer- 
chandiser and others who must needs 
from the very nature of their business, 
strive continually to guess right in their 
respective lines. 

# # # # 

It may surprise a few to know that 
our sales of better quality bags in Ster- 
ling and Gold Plate, in the different 
color combinations, are having the call 
from those in touch with Dame Fashion. 

The same is true of our "Sunset Bags" 
in the less expensive, but verv popular 
showings, and with Spring and Summer 
ahead of us, it would seem not amiss to 
forecast an even greater demand for this 


• # # # 

Now that Winter's back is broken, 
and the need of coal lessened, and 
"Spring," our ever recurring season of 
hope and new life is with us once again, 
it is well that we take stock of things 
and lay our plans for the year ahead. 
In this planning every one of us will be 
the gainers if the spirit of co-operation 
and helpfulness is uppermost in our 
dealings. Let us make up our minds to 
play the part planned out and follow it 
through to its proper conclusion. By 
doing this we can look back with satis- 
faction and appreciation on a twelve- 
month well spent. 

Clifford Whiting, our western sales- 
man, was at the factory for a couple of 
weeks renewing friendships and having 
his samples done up preparatory to 
starting on his Spring trip, which will 
be somewhat earlier this year than last. 


In reviewing the words of Mr. Pierce 
about Waller Rice, I felt I could not let 
it go by without a word of praise, as I 
was one who had the pleasure and good 
fortune to have worked with and as- 
sisted Mr. Walter Rice in his first posi- 
tion with the R. Blackinton Co., and I 
must say, as a man and fellow worker 
he did not pay him half of the tribute 
which I lound in him, and I only wish 
that the present-day man would imitate 
him more and our factories would then 
be a comfort to work in. 

Mamie McCarthy. 


I wish, through the Wadco, to ex- 
press my sincere thanks to all my fel- 
low shopmates for the splendid support 
they gave me in the recent election. 
Without their help, I surely would not 
have been elected to the Charity Depart- 
ment of North Attleboro. 

Frank A. Brown. 

Restaurant Patronage Increases. 

We publish below the number of din- 
ners served daily for the period March 
1st to 23rd. It speaks the appreciation 
on the part of patrons for the efforts of 
Chef Olsen in serving good wholesome 
meals at the noon hour. 

March 1 140 

2 138 

5 95 

6 100 

7 185 

8 108 

9 133 

12 107 

13 98 

14 129 

15 110 

16 126 

19 86 

20 100 

21 130 

22 102 

23 102 

17 Day Total 2.007 

Daily Average 118 

1922 Year Average, 85 

Cont'd from Page 1 Col. 2 
The series will undoubtedly prove 
highly successful, judging from our first 
two attempts. The price is being kept 
down to 25c, giving everyone a pleasant 
as well as an inexpensive evening. 

The series is under the direction of 
J. O. Gagnon, who has as his very able 
assistants the following committee: Fred 
Sweeting. Frank Gaddes. Horace Cheev- 
er, Gene Manchester. 

Hire Out to Yourself. 

Some day when you feel gay, and 
think you need a raise for your valuable 
services, I'll tell you what to do. You 
put the shoe on the other foot, and hire 
out to yourself, just for a day or two. 
Put yourself in the employer's place 
and keep tab on the work you do. 

Let's see! You were late this morn- 
ing. Only ten minutes? Thai's true, 
but whose time was it? You took pav 
for it, therefore you sold it. You can't 
sell eight hours of time and keep part of 
it — not unless you give short measure. 

Then again, how about the customer 
you rubbed the wrong way? Not your 
funeral, you say? Maybe; but you're 
paid for building trade, not driving it 

How about the work you had to do 
over? You're not paid to be careless, 
you're paid to do work well not twice, 
b:;t once; that's enough. Then do it 
right. That's what you would say if 
you worked for yourself. 

Hire out, then, to a man named "You" 
and imagine it's up to you to meet the 
payroll. Then see what difference it 
makes in a point of view. Say, why not 
try it once for a day or two? — Ex- 

The many friends of our very learned 
shopmate, James J. Cassidy, of the Col- 
oring Room, will regret to hear about 
his hard luck. While en route to Chi- 
cago a few months ago, rumor has it, 
the train stopped for signals, whereupon 
he alighted to get straightened out. See- 
ing a small store he ran to get some 
cigarettes and tendered a $5.00 bill with 
which to pay for them. Looking up, he 
saw his train about to start. The signal 
was enough, for he ran out, leaving his 
change on the counter. When he awoke 
he was in the back of the Town Hall 
looking for his glasses. 

Billiard Balls Costly. 

To make the billiard balls used an- 
nually in the U. S. A. requires ivor) 
from the tusks of 3.500 elephants. \n 
average tusk supplies ivory for five bil- 
liard balls. Hence, their high cost. \ 
set of three balls costing $75.00 must be 
tenderly cared for and not exposed to 
quick changes in temperature. If they 
are brought from a hot to a cold room 
and left without protection, cracks de- 
velop which in time make them worth- 

We hear the "Hikers Knicker Club" 
postponed their Diamond Hill hike on 
account of sore feet. 


j Philosophic Talks 

j Labor— Progress — Wealth j 

I By J C. Northrop ) 

I have been forced to recognize the 
fact that knowledge is useful only if it 
is applied to some constructive work. 

It has dawned upon me that a little 
knowledge usefully applied is of more 
advantage than rafts of diversified 
learning stored away to no purpose ex- 
cept to make one discontented and en- 

No action of any kind is possible 
without a thought of some kind having 
preceded it. There are two kinds of 
thought action : constructive and destruc- 
tive. The former builds, and the latter 
tears down. Destructive thought is the 
modern Samson. It pulls down the 
Temple upon the thinker's own head. 

I have been forced to acknowledge 
that a person is just what his or her 
thought action has made him. 

It is asserted on good authority that 
two per cent of the population of the 
United States has developed and har- 
nessed all of the great industries of the 
country. That all the progress, all the 
improvement in conditions and con- 
venience is due to their creative genius. 
As a consequence they are the million- 
aires of the country. 

These men were not born in the "lap 
of luxury," as most of us have been led 
to suppose. This energetic minority, 
these creative geniuses, these captains of 
industry are the result of correct think- 

Thirty per cent of them are the sons 
of poor preachers, who had never 
earned more than $1,500 a year. Twen- 
ty-five per cent of them were the sons 
of teachers, doctors and country law- 
yers; only five per cent are the sons of 
bankers. And a good sized proportion 
of them started in abject poverty and 
fought their way to success against great 

These men belong to the camp of La- 
bor. Labor and Capital are not distinct 
classes. Capital is wealth, and wealth 
is a product of Labor. Therefore, every 
man or woman who contributes his or 
her energy and talents to industrial de- 
velopment or management, whether it 
be physical, mental, executive or pro- 
fessional, must be classed as Labor. 
There is onlv one principal in the in- 
dustrial world, and that is Labor. 

Captains of industry are Super-La- 
borers. Their success cannot be a mat- 
ter of mere chance. The whole Uni- 
verse is governed by Law. This Nat- 
ural Law applies in every corner of the 
Universe. Especially does it apply in 
the realm of thought. These men under- 

Left to Right Grace Mooke, Rhea Larock, Anna Bell, Hazel Roberts 

and Lillian Frost 
Look them over, boys. Don't you think "They're a Fine Body of Men" in 

their new "Knicker Outfits"? 

Woonsocket Branch. 

Mary Hoyt went to see "Blossom 
Time" in Providence recently. 

Mrs. Hoyt and Agnes Perreault spent 
last Saturday in Providence. They saw 
the musical comedy, "Elsie." 

Edna Rhodes is out. sick with a cold. 

Louise Monnot, Alice Monnot and 
Edna Kilburn attended a masquerade in 
Woonsocket recently. All three wore 
very attractive costumes. 

We wish "Miss Woonsocket" would 
wear her "very becoming" ornament to 
work. Some of us haven't seen it yet. 

Emma Paquin has a new niece. Mrs. 
Hoyt wants to know whether it is a boy 

or a girl. 

We are anxious to hear if Regina en- 
joyed seeing "Ear Drums" at the mov- 

We are sorry to see that Edna Rhodes 
has resigned from the bobbed hair brig- 
ade. We hope it is not for long. 

We resret very much to learn of the 
death of Gladys Wheeler, a former shop- 

Tennis Fans on Toes. 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All Tennis fans 
gather around Lanphier, Hatch, Wilson 
and others who are mightily interested 
in the Tennis Courts and their proper 
conditioning for playing on. They want 
a few live wires who will work with 
them to do this work. Ofcourse, some 
material to dress the Courts will be 
necessary. Given this, and enthusiasm 

on the part of a few fans who will and kindness s hown him in making him 
help m the work, tbey guarantee to put acqua i nte d with the way work of various 
th e Plain vil le factory courts on the map. kinds is handled here in the main fac- 
tory. We think it a mighty good idea to 

Repair Department. 

With due appreciation we wish to 
thank the carpenters for the new cabinet 
they built us. 

We hear rumors of the coming mar- 
riage of Anna Reynolds to John Baker 
of Providence. R. I. 

A consolation prize was won by Mrs. 
Kiehn at the Relief Whist Party. 

Henriette Burgeois has returned to 
her work after a few weeks at home 
with a broken arm. 

According to Louise Quinn, a jitney 
is more practical than a street car, as a 
conductor sometimes fails to return the 
four cents change from a dime. This 
causes Louise much excitement. 

Hazel Keniston spent the week end at 
Middleboro and Brockton. 

Dorothy Collins is leaving the Repair 
Department for Canada. 

When are you supposed to go to 
Church, Louise? 

A certain young lady was seen park- 
ing in front of the Club House all eve- 
ning, which is prohibited, especially 
during zero weather. 

Eva Contois is thinking seriously of 
going into the garage business. How 
about it, Ida? 

George A. 

Visitor From Canada 

Moorcroft of our Canadian 
Branch, who has been here at the fac- 
tory for about three weeks, wishes to 
thank the boys very much for the help 

stand and comply with the law of Cause 
and Effect. This law plays no favorites. 
I know this, because I failed to escape 
its judgment although I broke this law 
through ignorance of it. But I am study- 
in«r. this Supreme Law, and hope to be 
able to plead not guilty at my next 

have a man sent on, at least once a year, 
to keep in touch with us, for new things 
and ways of working are being devel- 
oped continually. 

We build as we think. 


Clock Presented Miss Bamberger. Former Employee to Star in Annual 

I pph Show 
Mis- Bertha Bamberger, employed in 

the Spiral Dept as inspector, was pre- 
sented a mahogany mantle clock l>\ the 
employees of the Spiral Department 
.March 1 1th. The affair was staged at 
noontime and was a surprise on the 
young lady. 

\lter winking here three years, she 
leaves us to many .Newell Riley of the 
Mesh Department, the wedding being 
March 28th. After a wedding trip to 
\cw ^ ork the couple will go housekeep- 
ing the latter part of March at Park 
Street. North Attleboro. Their many 
friends wish them a prosperous and 
happy life together. 

Miss Lois Sylvia, eldest daughter of 
our Wadco Cartoonist, took the leading 
role in a Japanese operetta given in the 
Plainyille Town Hall March 22nd for 
the benefit of the High School Athletic 

The young lady was congratulated 
upon her portrayal of the part. 

Oscar G. Soderstrom is to take the 
leading part of Tile in the three-act 
comedy, "Here Comes the Bride," to be 
«taged by the Worcester Polytechnic In- 
stitute Dramatic Association the nights 
of April 5 and 7, in Tuckerman hall, 
under the direction of Jack L. Leigh. 

Mr. Soderstrom played the leading 

part, Mr. Nettleton, in "A Pair of 

Sixes," the p!av put on last year, and 
is: It must be quite serious . i , • i i i -i ». j 

. , ' , . took part in several plays while attend- 

when he has to send telegrams during .r vr t u a«i u u- i c u i 

in" the JNorth Attleboro High School. 

Springtime is supposed to be mating 
season, but the Ford runabout rambles 
at any old time. Jack believes in hav- 
ing two with him, but he is always sure 
of the "one." 

Lena Babineau. will you tell us who 
Kern — 

working hours 

How about it, Lena? 

Lillian St. John is sporting a new dia- 
mond, but she wants us to know that it 
comes from Jack and not from Dick. 
Accept our best wishes, Lill. 

He is a member of the Delta Tau fra- 
ternity, the Cosmopolitan Club, and a 
junior editor on the staff of the Tech 


Frank Brown will give an exhibition 
Irish Jig over at the Recreation Build- 
ing. You may be asked to pass the hat. 

Miss L. M. Fuller, who was on here 
from Canada on account of her father's 
illness, has returned to Sherbrooke. 

If anybody would like to learn the 
deaf and dumb signs, watch Frances 
Penniman. We wonder who the young 
lady is speaking to when going through 
her motions. 

Florence Whiting is an accomplished 
cook now. Anybody desiring a house- 
keeper apply at once. 

More Truth than Poetry. 

There's a time and place for everything. 

Time: 7: .'!() p. m. 

Place: Rink. 

Parties: Bertha P. and Eddie G. 

Sad to relate, the date was a failure. 
Eddie was there strong for the afternoon 

While Bertha, poor dear, was waiting 

all evening. 
Now. as neither dare speak from a mere 

I think it quite proper for someone to 

"Be sports, make up, and lets have 

For true lo\c. we all know\ never runs 

William Fitzpatrick of the Stock So young would-be lovers, take this for 
Room leaves us to take a position with your motto. 

T. I. Smith, to have charge of the Pack- "If at first von don't succeed, try and 

try again." 

I wish to thank my friends, both in 
the factory and the restaurant, for their 
most generous gifts, not having been 
able to do so properly before. 


ing Room 

Birthday Celebration. 

On March 21. Miss Violetta Valois, 

of the Unsoldered Dept., was pleasantly 
surprised by her shopmates to find her 
bench decorated with yellow crepe pa- 
per streamers in celebration of her 
birthday. The young lady recehed 
many useful gifts and a nice birthday 
cake made by Lucy Thibadeau. In ap- 
preciation of the kindness of her shop- 
mates, Violetta wishes the Wadco to 
convey her thanks to all the girls. 

We want all the girls of the depart- 
ments to try and help us make our East- 
er Monday dance one of the most suc- 
cessful affairs yet held in our new build- 


We wonder why Bill Brennan's wife 
wouldn't let him go to the Relief dance. 
Poor Bill. 

Issy has had a swell time at the type- 
writer all week. If she were a man, we 
would suspect TOBACCO. 

We are glad to hear our shopmate, 
Katie Roberts, is home from the hos- 
pital and hope she will be with us again 
soon. She wishes to thank the girls for 
the flowers sent her while at the hos- 

Overheard at Whiting Club. 

Leo LaFrance to voung ladv: "May I 
have this dance?" 

Youn" Ladv: "Well. I can't dance 
very well, but if you want it you'll have 
to lead me." 

What is the scandal that exists be- 
tween the Soldered Dept. and the Bench 

t t t 

R"mor has it that Sadie Grindell, of 
the Foreign Dept.. is anticipating the 
pleasure of becoming an heir (Aver). 
Come. Sadie, 'fess up. as we are all in- 
terested when Dan Cupid is concerned. 

It's funny people can't <ro to Church 
instead of whist parties during Lent. 
don't you think so. Eliza? 

Editor — Anv news. Gr-z? 
Gagnon — Yes. Busv as 

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